EFRY Annual Report | JustKids
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JustKids

BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES

We believe that to truly help people build stable lives, we must meet clients’ urgent needs while also helping address the challenges that have long term impacts on their future. For children, one of the ways we do this is through the interconnected programs of our JustKids initiative. As an adult, employment is a key part of a stable life, yet finding work after incarceration can be difficult. Through Asphalt Gals, we provide women with both skills and employment at a wage they can build a life on.

JUSTKIDS

Since launching JustKids two years ago, EFry has continued to expand the work we do to support children with a parent involved in the justice system. Without initiatives like JustKids, research shows more than 60 per cent of children who experience parental incarceration will one day find themselves behind bars. Fortunately, targeted interventions can make a significant difference.

JUSTKIDS, WHICH SUPPORTED 1,613 CHILDREN THIS YEAR, IS FUNDED THROUGH GRANTS AND DONORS.

SATURDAY CLUB

In response to children’s requests, we expanded the age range of Saturday Club, which is similar to a day camp, as well as at our weekly camps, so children can continue to grow with us. Led by specially trained counsellors, kids aged six to 15 enjoy a variety of games, crafts, sports and outings designed to teach key development skills while having fun. Due to increased numbers, children are now separated into two groups that attend on alternating weeks: juniors ages six to 10 and seniors, ages 11 to 15. This approach enables us to actively support children well into their teens and to focus on activities and issues most appropriate to each age group.

WE’RE PLEASED TO SAY WE ARE NOW AN ONGOING PART OF 14 JUNIORS’ AND SEVEN SENIORS’ LIVES.

BLUE SKY SPRING BREAK CAMP

New in 2014, we introduced two overnight camps over spring break for which our amazing summer camp counsellors returned. With this new camp offering, children have increased opportunity to maintain their summer camp and Saturday Club friendships, master new skills, and experience all the benefits of stable relationships and the value of play and sports. Sixty-four children attended our spring break camps, which were made possible in large part through BC Elks of Canada’s generous donation of camp facilities for both our spring and summer camps.

BLUE SKY SUMMER CAMP

THIS YEAR, WE WELCOMED 151 CAMPERS.

It was our fifth year offering summer camp and the second year with camp being
overnight. In 2012, the kids’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive and many of the
older kids were concerned about aging out at 13 and asked if they could keep coming. Knowing the camps were the place many made their first friends and where they enjoyed experiences they simply couldn’t get elsewhere, we raised the age limit from nine to 13 last year and to 15 this year. Camps were separated into juniors and seniors like the Saturday Club. In the last week of camp, six youth joined us in our new Counsellors In Training initiative to assist in camp and leadership operations.

STORYBOOK PROGRAM

Our most popular in-prison program since its launch in 2009, the Storybook Program promotes literacy and parent-child bonding through a shared reading experience. Incarcerated parents read and record age-appropriate books. The books and recordings are delivered to their child to enjoy anytime. With its focus on its benefits to the children, EFry offers Storybook in women’s and men’s prisons. This volunteer-driven program operates at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, Mission Institution, Fraser Valley Institution, Surrey Pretrial Centre, Ferndale Institution and the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre.

THIS YEAR, 229 PARENTS READ 1108 BOOKS TO 446 CHILDREN.

MOM AND ME

EFry supports mother-child bonding with a Mom and Me program at Alouette Correctional Centre for women. Through this program, more than 300 children had mail contact with their mothers.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

EFRY HELPED BRING CHRISTMAS TO HUNDREDS OF LOWER MAINLAND CHILDREN IN DECEMBER 2013.

Santa welcomed 177 children to our annual Santa lunch and we provided gifts for 354 more. Grocery store gift certificates were provided to the parents or guardians of 92 children so they could enjoy a nutritious holiday dinner.

SMALL FRYS BOUTIQUE

Throughout the year, parents and guardians without resources can shop with points at Small Frys Boutique for clothing, household goods and toys. All goods are new, generously donated by companies such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma, Small Frys also provides women without resources the opportunity to shop with points to buy clothing, household goods and toys.

LAST YEAR, 339 WOMEN USED SMALL FRYS BOUTIQUE TO PURCHASE NECESSITIES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN.